MAILBAG

MAILBAG

November 19 1966
MAILBAG

MAILBAG

November 19 1966

MAILBAG

Can Nazism return? / The BA cult

My Sixteen Months As A Nazi, by John Garrity with Alan Edmonds, indicates that the Canadian Nazi group can only grow if given attention. Covering the face of Maclean's with the Nazi symbol comes under the heading of giving attention and publicity. The article in itself is very effective in deflating this rather sick group.

G. WHITNEY. Wil l OWDALE. ONT.

T Canada should outlaw all extremists, far left and far right. May Canada be saved to eternity from dictatorship.

P. K. PLUMÉ, CHILLIWACK. BC

* There is no need to fear that history will repeat itself. The economic conditions that produced Nazism in Germany do not exist in Canada or the U.S. today.

The welfare programs and government

spending guarantee that we shall not see a severe depression such as engulfed Europe and America in the 1930s. Without extraordinarily hard times, even Hitler could never have come to power in Germany. The crushing defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II ended the Nazi myth for all time and any attempt to revive it is ridiculous.

CHARLES .). OSBORN, MONTREAL

* I commend your art department for the design of the two title words heading the articles about John Beatty and hate literature. They did not only copy the face but created a good one. This type face was developed in Germany from the originally true French Gothic manuscript hands from Renaissance times until the Hitler era. On January 3. 1941. Martin Bormann, Hitler's right-hand man, issued a bulletin in which he denounced this typeface as a Jewish creation. No official German printing house was allowed to use it in future, he ordered. As soon as the war was over and printers could afford to buy new types, they standardized on Roman faces.

ALF K. EBSEN, DON MILLS. ONT.

Dishwater, indeed!

Somebody’s been mixing metaphors, or, I should say, substituting similes. Either that, or they’ve been trying to update one. In What Happened To Canada’s Kinsey? Professor Ted Mann says the Kinsey Report was “dull as dishwater.” What the professor meant to use, I venture to suggest, was that Dickensian expression, “dull as ditchwater.” Dull as dishwater, indeed! And after all those commercials about kind hands and gentle

liquids. - A. J. BOND. TORONTO

Johnson, Lesage: who won?

Blair Fraser attributes the defeat of Jean Lesage to a lack of “grass-roots cultivation" (Where Will Daniel Johnson Lead Quebec?). That defeat must be solely attributed to our antiquated electoral system. In other democratic nations a party receives the same proportion of representatives as is determined by its popular support. That is what we understand to be democratic. So it is clear that Lesage with 48 percent of the popular vote won a glorious victory over Dan Johnson with his meager 41 percent.

L. KLEES, NI AGAR A-ON-TH E-LAKE, ONT.

No lobbyists for guns?

Contrary to Gordon Donaldson’s claim in Has The U.S. A Kabble Under Arms? (Reports), the National Rifle Association of America has no paid lobbyists in Washington, and it is supporting stronger laws in mail-order and other firearms regulations. Laws already forbid arms to felons, drug addicts, habituel drunkards and persons of unsound mind.

JAMES EDSALL SERVEN, VICTORIA

Bah! to the BA?

In Let's Quit Worshipping The Kid With A B.A., Robert Thomas Allen says college graduates can’t write. He has devoted about two and one half pages to proving that non-graduates can't write either. — N. M. CULLENS, BA, B.ED., MURDOCHVILLE, QUE.

* Allen’s piece reminded me of the experience of a young civil servant I met. He was short one year on a BA; rather than go back for more of Chaucer, he decided to take evening courses in things like modern management techniques, computer science, critical path planning, etc. After completing these, with high hopes he applied for a new position in a section specially set up to modernize management of his department. His interviewers were pleased with his record, but the application form had specified a degree. Rules, you know. They sent him away and hired several new graduates. Six months later, every one was on a course at government expense. The subjects, naturally, were critical path planning. computer science, and management techniques. — PETER CRANSTON, OTTAWA

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Rhodesia: “Remember the Congo” / “I decided I won’t die”

* As one of the older crop of executives, sans BA, who believes that individuality raises you above the common herd of the regimented thinkers who hold the degree, I believe that a talent for assaying the business capacities of a man is not necessarily related to a knowledge of Shakespeare, Keats, Byron or Kant. Professors are not noted for their success as business advisers, and the ability to remember and parrot the things they teach, while considered evidence of ability and learning, has little practical application in advancing the position of Canada in the business world.

F. A. ROSZEL. MONTREAL

* My husband and I were educated in England, and at 18 left school to enter journalism. We received a thorough training, traveled extensively, considered ourselves reasonably intelligent and well educated. Since arriving in Canada, however. we have been made to feel inferior, simply because we do not have degrees. Yet we have met many people with a university education who can neither spell nor write good English, and whose ignorance on many topics is incredible.

NANCY HOC.BIN, SASKATOON

ík I am looking for a job. Can I have Mr. ALLEN'S?-MARIAN JOSEPH KOWALSKI, BA. OSHAWA, ONT.

Ian Smith is right

Your coverage of the recently formed Canadian Friends of Rhodesia (Unfriendly Friends Of Rhodesia, Reports) has been most favorably received. Canadians should recognize that Ian Smith's race-separation policy is the only one our white race can follow, if our people are to survive there. We all know what happens to white people when frenzied, power-mad blacks take over, as witness the atrocities in the Congo some time ago. As members of the white race, let us support our people in Rhodesia, not stab them in the back.

J. BENNETT MACAULAY, SUSSEX, NB

Stories of death

Ian Adams’s article, in Two Stories About The Meaning Of Death, defies every law of human decency and good taste. I predict that there will be a shortage of cadavers for science for some time to come.HELEN F. TAYLOR. TORONTO

=k 1 suggest that you reproduce Adams’s article by the carload lot for general distribution. A masterpiece.

GEORGE STEVENS. ST. BONIFACE. MAN.

ík Brutal and horrible! Too, too much of calling a spade a spade! While reading it, I decided 1 wasn’t going to die!

MRS, ROY BLACK, FERGUS, ONT.

ík So, now we know “what happens to you when you die.” But did we really need to know? Although we all must face the inevitability of death, surely it is unnecessary to dwell on the ugly aftereffects on the physical body.

J. A. EVANS, BELOF.IL, QUE.

>k Grim, gruesome, ghoulish, grotesque as an ancient death mask! 1 searched for the meaning, but didn't find it. The writer must have thrown it out with the viscera of the poor cadaver he was writing about.

MARGARET HENRY. WILLOWDALE. ONT.

=k Thank you for the intestinal fortitude to print the article. It’s about time the

public was let in on the facts of death. Our barbaric funeral rites are not only undignified, but expensive and unnecessary. Autopsy to benefit mankind, yes. Embalming no. I'm death against funerals.

DOROTHY A. FENTON. KITCHENER. ONT.

ík You have succeeded in defiling both death and life in one issue. For God’s

sake. Maclean's, don't ever shatter us like

that again.

MARTIN D. SMITH. DUNCAN. BC

>k The old saying, “What you don't knowcan’t hurt you,” is particularly true in this case. But now we all know, thanks to Ian Adams, and it doesn't make the idea of a postmortem very PALATABLE.-MRS. D. A. SMITH, VANCOUVER

ík Very distasteful. I hope your article does not make some people refuse to permit an autopsy they might previously have allowed.

EILEEN SIGMUND, EDMONTON

* The reading of even a few' paragraphs could accomplish two things, as 1 see it. First, it would hurt very deeply those who in the past have given permission for an autopsy on a loved one in the hope of advancing science. Secondly, it would cause all others to resolve never

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Don’t pick on the poor / Why waste BAs in the steno pool?

to allow an autopsy on anyone they loved. The mutilating of a human body, as described by Adams, has nothing to do with "the meaning of death."

EVELYN GILLEY, TORONTO

* To address the dead body by the name of a person who once used it is ven crude and quite unjustifiable, for he is absent from the body. To leave "Roger’’ a rotting pile of bones at the bottom of a pit, is to deny the finest insights of ou: race.

G. 0. HARRIS, RAPID CITY. MAN.

* It came through as an honest attempt at a most difficult topic.

L. f. HEWSON, ASHF.RN, MAN.

* \s a piece of writing, it is terrific — as good as anything ever written by Hemingway.

RUSSELL MaCCALLUM, BUCKINGHAM. QUE.

* Malcolm Muggeridge's article is terrific. Now that I am no longer 16. and not even any longer 60. the other side frightens me not at all; it is quite simply in ahe nature of things. Life is good, quiie as much at its end as i. is at its beginning. If anything, with the passing of lime it becomes more meaningful.

MRS. GABRIELLE B. PHILO. WINNIPEG

Debtors’ prisons?

Re Barbara Amiel's Argument. Credit Criminals Are Costing The Rest Of Us Millions: Present Deterrents Don't Work So Let's Bring Back Debtors' Prisons: I thought everyone with even a smattering of literacy understood the ineluctable connection between poverty and social behavior; you have uncovered an exception of magnificent proportions in Miss Amiel. At the risk of tarnishing this sparkling jewel of 19th-century social Darwinism, I would like to ask her if she knows how much of the bad-debt volume is really attributable to the polished, cynical professional debtor she so ably describes, and how much of it is the crushing burden of people who are neither technically nor socially prepared to cope with the dazzling promise of consumer credit. The latter would be the real victims of a tougher debtors’ law.

.JOHN OLSEN. PORT MOODY, BC

Fechner was first

In The Intelligent Addict's Guide To Color TV, Toni Williams states that the science of psychophysics was invented by color-television broadcasters. This assertion is false and does great injustice to one of the founders of experimental psychology. The word psychophysics was used by Gustav Fechner. a 19th-century German physicist, to denote the science of functional relations between mind and body. Fechner was basically concerned with substantiating experimentally the mystical notions he had about the identity of mind and matter. In the process of designing the experiments to support his philosophy, he invented the psychophysical procedures, which were adopted by university men. who in the late 1880s set up the first laboratories for experimental psychology.

ROSS E. TRAUB, TORONTO

Do they want “glamour”?

After reading A Little Girl In A Big Big Town, by Sandra Peredo, it occurred to me that our country can save a lot of money by revising the future educational

program for girls. A few American universities are already considering putting a ceiling on female enrolment, and Canada could eliminate it altogether. Arts degrees in journalism, sociology, political science (those listed in the article) are not "the ticket to a glamorous job," because. as a career counselor explained. "BAs can’t type and they don’t even have office experience." Were the gradu-

ates mentioned necessarily seeking "glamorous" jobs, or were they seeking jobs in their own fields? How could they have office experience when they did not train for stenographic positions? Would a career counselor try to place male graduates, similarly qualified, in a stenographic position? What a colossal waste of time, effort and money on female education if office work is the only

employment career counselors grudgingly offer them. Can Canada afford such a loss? — MRS. DONALD F. MORAN, PENETANGUISHENE, ONT.

* It would undoubtedly be a fine Centennial project for you to have cards printed, containing the following excerpt from the article: "The first shock comes when she discovers, to her astonishment, that neither employers nor employment agencies are impressed by her college degree ... A degree isn’t such a big thing — BAs can't type and they don’t

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Vaniers / When the Mounties called

even have office experience.” Truer words have seldom been written. What a humanitarian service to present this information to every female student registered at university or college!

PATRICIA ANN TOWNSF.ND, WOLFVILLE, NS

The Vaniers

Enjoyed immensely the article on the Governor General and Madame Vanier ("Their Exes"). Who can replace them and “reach” the people of Canada as they have?— c. E. QUINN, GATINEAU, QUE.

“Senior gripers”

Re Admiral William Landymore’s Argument against unification of army, navy and air force: I fail to sympathize with the good admiral. We would not lose too much if Landymore took the other senior gripers with him. Consider the promotions, re-engagements of servicemen who would be eligible for another term at a higher rank. Consider the terrific saving to the taxpayers if 95 percent of our senior officers were retired. NORM HAGEMAN, EDMONTON

Nearly perfect Stamp

Only by the crassest commercial standards could one call The Collector “Terence Stamp’s first major film.” as Mordecai Richler did in order to raise the prestige of Canadian scriptwriter Stanley Mann (Where It all Begem: Has The Swing Lost Its Zing?). Peter Ustinov’s superb Billy BudeI was Stamp’s first major film and his innocent, humorous, peace-loving young seaman, sent to his

death by red tape, remains one of the most nearly perfect performances of our time. — PAUL A. GARDNER, OTTAWA

Refugees and RCMP

Re your latest bit of isolationist comment, Dear RCMP: Draft-dodgers Are Refugees, Not Criminals (Editorial): You say, “Not even its advocates pretend that the war in Vietnam is a direct, immediate threat, a clear and present danger, to the safety of the United States.” Evidently you feel that such a threat and danger to a country is reason for that country to war with another. Is that the reason Canada participated in the Boer War, World War I and World War II? I regret your sniping at a government doing so much to preserve freedom in a strife-torn world.

JAMES E. BLUMELL, CESSFORD, ALTA.

* A year ago October we emigrated to Canada from the U.S. We bought a large farm and, with our children, settled down. However, 11 months after our arrival we were paid a visit by the RCMP. They had come to ask questions about our older son. who was by now 18. They said they were sent by the FBI. 1 asked why they did not let the FBI do their own dirty work. I was mad and the RCMP officers were embarrassed. A few days ago they came again. This time my husband was home. He asked. “Have we done anything wrong?” Both officers said, “No.” Then my husband asked. “Then what are you doing here?” We never got an answer. There are many reasons for leaving the U.S. besides the draft. We leave it to you, are we an unsavory element to your SOCIETY?-MRS. VIRGINIA NAEVE, NORTH HATLEY, QUE. if